If you have a basement that floods, you know the stress of an impending rainstorm. Will it rain hard enough, fast enough that the water comes in through the masonry or up through the floors into your basement? What will be destroyed if the basement floods (again)? Many people assume that the cost to waterproof a basement is prohibitive, and while the cost to waterproof can be high, it should be seen as an investment rather than just an expense. Read on to learn more about why waterproofing your home is such an important job that will pay for itself in the long run.
The Hazard Of Water
At its simplest, the only water you really want in your home is in a pipe, an appliance, or a glass. Water on floors, in walls, under the roof shingles, and, yes, in basements, spells trouble. Water can easily and quickly ruin the building materials of your home. Plaster and drywall can be damaged and eaten away by water. Wood can be stained and eventually rotted by water. Even stone, tile, and grout will eventually succumb to damage from enough water sitting. Once the damage starts, it can be hard or even impossible to fix without total replacement. Additionally, if your basement is finished, a deep enough flood that reaches the outlets could make for a potentially deadly situation.
The Long Term Effects
The damage that water does is not always immediate. Water that sits continues to affect the materials of the home, but it also can breed insects and bacteria that do further damage. Once it dries, the areas that were wet can still breed mold and mildew, which can become a serious health condition. Finally, if you ever want to sell your home, the visual and odor effects of old water damage can make potential buyers run and hide.
Peace Of Mind And More
The benefits of waterproofing to prevent mold, mildew, and decay are pretty obvious. Waterproofing your basement or crawlspaces can also improve your home’s value and make it more likely to sell if you ever need to. But the most important thing you get from investing in your basement by waterproofing is the peace of mind of knowing that you will never again step into cold, nasty water in your basement. You don’t have to stress when there are storms in the forecast or plan your weekends around the shop vac schedule each spring.
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